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The dangers of Trump TV: MSNBC host hammers Fox News as ‘genuine public health threat’ amid pandemic

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Tuesday night, Fox News decided that all anyone needed to do is to pump Americans with a Malaria drug and send them back to work to save President Donald Trump’s economy.

Speaking Wednesday night, MSNBC host Chris Hayes bashed the conservative network for downplaying the seriousness of coronavirus, saying that they are “a genuine public health threat.”

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While Trump has advisers like Dr. Anthony Fauci, he also has the unofficial advisers he sees on Fox News.

They “are coalescing around the idea the whole thing is just overblown and we need to pump everyone full of the malaria drug and get them back to work. This is what you heard if you watch trump tv just last night,” Hayes said. He then played clips illustrating exactly that, with hosts ranting and raving about the virus not being as serious as the flu.

“Is it really true that the reason that we’re beginning to think that we’re turning a corner is because we all did what the doctors said we should do or is it because the disease turned out to not be quite as dangerous as we thought?” asked Brit Hume.

Hayes was quick to fact-check the claim.

“The disease not as dangerous as we thought? It’s got a 3.4 percent fatality rate here in the U.S. Ten percent in Italy. that we know of. More than 14,000 American have died from this disease in the last few weeks. More people are dying from it every day in New York than died total on any day in New York in a normal day but sure, not a big deal,” he said.

Hayes noted that from the very beginning “Fox News posed a genuine public health threat” because they refused to take the virus seriously on their air. Meanwhile, their studios were cleaned and precautions were being put in place to keep staff safe from the virus. If Fox hosts are so dismissive of the virus, why aren’t they seen out and about? Why aren’t they shaking hands and signing autographs?

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“People have been trying to convince their loved ones not to listen to the dangerously false information in order for their loved ones to stay safe,” said Hayes. “One of those people is co-founder and editor at large Kara Swisher.”

In her recent piece for the New York Times, Swisher wrote about trying to get her mother to understand the seriousness of the virus. She explained that her brother is a frontline doctor dealing with the virus every day and has seen the seriousness of the situation.

“I mean, what they are trying to do is they had very bad info information on the air, something my brother and I try to get my mom great information,” said Swisher. “So one of the problems was we were pushing up against the stuff being broadcast very early on by Fox News. Much of which was highly dangerous and so I wrote a column about it. One of the things I think they sort of went crazy about, the fact that I pointed out what a lot of people are experiencing with their parents who only use Fox News to get their news. My mom looks at other news, of course, she does but it has a lot of influence because she was repeating, ‘it’s just like the flu. Get back to work. It’s not a big deal. It’s a Democratic plot.’ All the talking points that were on there she was repeating to me so it took a while for us to get through to her she had to stay home.”

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‘It’s always Republicans’: Conservative bashes his own party’s hostility to democracy

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Conservative David Frum blamed the Republican Party for undermining U.S. democratic institutions.

The former speechwriter for George W. Bush told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that President Donald Trump's hardcore base was hostile to democracy, and both they and the president pose a real threat to constitutional law even if he loses in November.

"I think he'll issue a spate of pardons to his intimates, relatives and to himself," Frum warned, if Trump loses the election. "We've never had to test the question, whether a president can pardon himself. I imagine, I expect that we will be testing that question."

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These psychological motives have shaped right-wing conservatism in America ever since the Civil War

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Many people who see little rational basis for supporting Donald Trump ask themselves: Why is he so popular?  Relatedly, why did so many people support Richard Nixon, Adolf Hitler, and other avatars of popular right-wing conservatism?  There are, of course, many different reasons for each situation.  But there also key commonalities that have been identified in meta-analyses of the topic written by the psychologist John T. Jost and colleagues.  In relation to Jost’s work, I have examined aspects of the antebellum South in order to better understand its political culture, especially aspects of that culture that prompted many Southerners to become more emotionally receptive to the appeals of “fire-eater” secessionist conservatives.  More broadly, this historical lens can help illuminate the mass appeal of conservatism in general, focusing particularly on the psychological factors that tend to underlie this appeal.

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Big Pharma ignored EU’s plea in 2017 to fast-track virus vaccines prior to pandemics: report

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According to a report from The Guardian, major pharmaceutical companies threw up roadblocks to a plan by the European Union to push forward with a major vaccine research effort well before pandemics hit.

The report notes that back in 2017, the EU's executive branch pushed a proposal to put the development of vaccines on the fast-track only to have major drugmakers reject the suggestion.

"The commission’s argument had been that the research could 'facilitate the development and regulatory approval of vaccines against priority pathogens, to the extent possible before an actual outbreak occurs'. The pharmaceutical companies on the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), however, did not take up the idea," the report states.

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